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May 17 — May 23


Karl Henninger's name is not Brian Henniger, as was stated in last week's True Crime column (BW, "Artis Loses Interest, May 10). However, Mr. Henninger probably wishes his name was Brian Henniger right now, especially if that name-change meant he would not be in jail for trying to rob some construction workers at gunpoint.

No honor in desertion

If he was willing to take the job, and swear an oath, he should be a man and face the consequences, good or bad (BW, News "Why I Ran: A military deserter explains why he left the Army for Canada," May 10, 2006). There are a lot of people in the Army who do not agree with the decision to go to war--that I can and will tell anyone firsthand. I have served two tours in Iraq, and have lost friends, Iraqi and American. What it boils down to is that this "person" is a coward and a deserter. Who is also misrepresenting the facts, because the maximum punishment for desertion in the face of the enemy is death. While it has been almost 70 years since this has been used it is still on the books. Furthermore, since the enemy is much greater of a threat than most Americans realize or want to admit, it makes his decision that much worse. This is an enemy who doesn't care whether you are a peace advocate or soldier, you are an American and therefore marked for death. And "volunteers" who should take the fight to the enemy before they can bring it to our home should receive, in my estimation, what they deserve.

--Capt. John Sackman,

stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas

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This guy is a coward and should be in jail. Way to fight for your country, and fulfill your army values.



Thank you for this great story. I think it is great for Robin to speak out and do what he feels is right. The sentence that I am most proud of in this interview is his e-mailed follow-up saying, "Just because I enlisted, I didn't abdicate my ability to evolve intellectually and morally, which I did as result of the circumstances I found myself involved in." That's just what the military didn't want him to do (or anyone to do for that matter!) Kudos Robin, I wish you the best in Canada--I know that I will be there if there ever is a female draft!

--Rebraham Lincoln,


I wish the best of luck to Robin Long in his new life in Canada. His decision to desert is going to follow him the rest of his life. That is, however, part of what he "signed up for." Rachael [Daigle] makes a point that there is a slim line between a deserter and a "war resister." Not quite. Robin is not a war resister. He is a deserter, plain and simple. I served a good deal of time in the Army. When I got out, I started changing my attitudes about a lot of things, and I'm very much anti-war now. That being the case, I am still conflicted about Robin's story. Look at it this way--when Robin deserted, someone else's boy had to take his place. It's possible that the person who took his place had a family to support, or some other reason that prevented him from just leaving town as Robin did. When you look at it that way, Robin is not gallant or heroic. He's just selfish. He was not willing to go through the hardship of combat. Apparently however, it's perfectly OK for someone else to go in Robin's place. If you read this, Robin, I hope that you consider that. It's great that you are pursuing some really great things in Canada. I hope the guy who had to replace you gets the same chance to do those things when (and if) he returns.



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